With a strong emphasis on hands-on technical design, the curriculum provides students with fundamental knowledge of the design process and a full range of garment construction skills to create a fashion collection. It is an intensive and fast paced certificate program. By the end of the program, students will have the requisite technical skills, a full professional portfolio, a collection of finished garments, and substantial exposure to the fashion industry through internships. The program culminates with an opportunity to showcase the students' creations at New York School of Design’s fashion show during New York Fashion Week.

The program exceeded all my expectations and was exactly what I was looking for. I hope to be able to go back soon because NYSD felt like home.
— Laura P., Class of Winter 2016

Program Snapshot

Evening/Weekend or Day
Certificate Program
Career Guidance
Payment Plan Options
Fashion Show/Exhibition Final

Next Start Dates:
2/19 Spring (Day)
3/12 Spring (Eve)
6/04 Summer (Day)
6/10 Summer (Eve)


Program Overview

You’ll graduate with a solid understanding of the design process, garment construction, a collection designed and created by you and an incredible fashion portfolio—essential skills for any career in fashion design.

Teachers move fast and mentor students to work like professional designers in the industry, following clear methods and meeting strict deadlines.

Program Outline

  • Design Process
  • Textiles and Color Application
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Construction I
  • Design Development
  • Construction II
  • Digital Fashion Illustration
  • Construction III
  • Fashion Portfolio
  • Graduate Capstone

Program Facts

Application Deadlines: Rolling Admission

Average Course Length

9 Months


16 hours per week with additional studio time for construction courses.


Beginners - Intermediate.

Program Schedule

Day - Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm
Evening - 2 weeknights (Mon/Wed or Thu/Fri), 5:30-9:30pm and Saturday, 9am-6pm

English Language

This program requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.



High School Diploma or College Degree. GED Certificate. If you do not have any, ask us about the Ability to Benefit test (ATB).


There are NO previous fashion design work or education requirements for entry into this program.

Documentation for Domestic Students

  • HS Diploma/College Degree
  • Government Issued Photo ID
  • Proof of Address

Documentation for International Students

  • Original and Translated HS Diploma/College Degree
  • Passport
  • Valid Visa
  • Proof of Address in the States

Getting a Student Visa

If you're not from the United States, you'll need to apply for a visa to study at New York School of Design.

Note: the school does not provide students with I20s for a student visa. Students will need to apply for a (B-2) tourism and visit visa.

Upon acceptance, students will receive an acceptance letter that states the student will be studying at NYSD for the duration of the program. This letter should be used as proof for the nature of your visit to the United States.

Visit the visitor visa website to learn more.

When should I start applying?

3-4 months before the start date of the program.

How long is my visa valid for?

6 months. Visa extension will be required to complete the Fashion Design program.

Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website to learn more.

Application Fee

$160 USD


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Tuition Fee

$9,000 USD for Domestic and International Students.

Books and Supplies: approximately $500.

Living Costs for New York City

Prices are based per month:
  • Rent: $1,000-$1,4000 for 1 bedroom
  • Transportation: $121 monthly Metrocard
  • Food: $260 for groceries
Find out more living costs here.


We do not offer financial aid, however, there are several payment plans available.

Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The intensive program consists of 9 courses and a total of 600 hours.  


The fundamental courses in the first tier introduces students the theoretical concepts of fashion design from historical trends, usage of fabrics, to color theory. Students put these concepts to use by creating their brand identity and defining their customer profile presented on mood boards.  


The practical training in the second tier includes fashion illustration, sewing, pattenmaking, and draping - all skills required of fashion designers who understand how a garment is constructed. During the second tier of hands-on training, students get a glimpse into the world of technical design and obtain the ability to draft patterns for their designs with confidence.  


In the third and final tier, students will learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for the purpose of creating their fashion portfolio. Students will have the freedom to incorporate their brand identity by presenting their color story, inspiration, fabric swatches, flats and fashion sketches, as well as an editorial of their collection to their interview-ready portfolio.  


Our Students 

Many of our students come from backgrounds outside of fashion design and do not know where to begin this journey. That’s where we come in. We provide the support and help lead our students to achieving their goals. By the end of the program, they are amazed at how much they’ve accomplished in such a short amount of time.  


Our Instructors

Our team of educators include professionals from the industry who are committed to nurturing the next generation of designers. Our instructors for the fashion design program are patternmakers, costume designers, merchandisers, stylists, and fashion designers among many more. You’ll gain industry contacts just by attending class!  

Program Requirements

This Fashion Design program does not require prior experience in fashion design. For those beginners, an introductory class to sewing is included during the first tier at no extra cost. Students with some knowledge of sewing are also welcome to join and will benefit the most from our courses. They'll have a head start and be able to grasp concepts easily.  


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